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Creative Writing: Friday Fiction

In the Friday fiction slot on my blog I post about the novels I’m writing including novel extracts and occasional short stories

Iseult Gonne and WB Yeats in Wartime London
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Maud Gonne hears of John MacBride’s Execution

The story has shifted to 1916. Maud and Iseult are living in Normandy, as the first world war wages and in Dublin, Irish freedom fighters have organized a botched insurrection. Many of their Irish friends and acquaintances were involved. This extract describes what happens when Maud Gonne hears of John MacBride’s Execution for his part.

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Iseult Gonne and WB Yeats in Wartime London
Creative Writing: Excerpts, Fiction Friday, Friday Fiction

If you read this speech at the start of a novel, would you read on?

It’s Friday Fiction here on the blog, so I’ll be blogging Dancing in the Wind, Book Two in the Yeats-Gonne Trilogy here with weekly extracts in the Friday Fiction slot.

I’m thinking of opening Dancing With The Wind with one of Maud Gonne’s fiery political speeches.

Question: Would you read on if this was what you found in the first pages of a book?

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Creative Writing: Friday Fiction

Friday Fiction: Fiction Newsletter September 2019

I just dispatched my Life in Fiction Newsletter September 2019. Are you signed up to receive it? For a long time I defined myself as a novelist but for the past couple of years, I’ve been concentrating on nonfiction and poetry.  It feels good to be back in the land of story. I write family murder mysteries mainly, books that are full of buried secrets and lies of the past that corrode the present. They are what’s known as #timeslip novels, with two alternating timelines. In my books, the protagonists have to go back, and understand what happened, so they…

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